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Program Officer, Environmental Conservation

Heather manages a portfolio oriented toward mainstreaming ecosystem services in natural resource decision-making. A significant piece of her work is focused on forest conservation and land use that aims to mitigate climate change impacts by addressing deforestation and degradation. She also serves as a representative to the Climate and Land Use Alliance.  

Prior to joining the foundation, Heather was a rapid assessment program manager at Conservation International, where she led global assessments in critical ecosystems to inform natural resource management decisions. As program manager at Friends of the Osa, she focused on applied conservation and research in Costa Rica. Heather serves as a Yale Forestry and Environmental Studies Alumni board member and Conservation Measures Partnership board member and is also a Kinship Conservation Fellow. 

Heather received a B.S. in biology and minor in Scandinavian literature from University of California, Los Angeles, and a master’s degree in science from Yale University's School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

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